The Non/Fiction Collection Prize

The Non/Fiction Collection Prize is awarded annually to a book-length collection of short stories, essays, or a combination of the two. The prize (which in previous iterations was known as the Sandstone Prize and The Ohio State University Prize in Short Fiction) carries a cash award of $1500 and publication with The Ohio State University Press under its standard contract.

Submissions will be read from December 14, 2015 to February 14, 2016. Contest has been extended to February 29, 2016. Manuscripts may be no fewer than 150 and no more than 350 typed double-spaced pages. Individual stories or essays that have been previously published may be included in the manuscript, but manuscripts previously published as a whole in any format (including electronic or self-published) are ineligible. Each submission must include a list of acknowledgments of previously published work (title and magazine/journal/anthology) included in the manuscript.

Submit manuscripts via Submittable starting December 14, 2015. With the $25 contest fee, all entrants receive a one-year subscription to The Journal.

The 2016 Non/Fiction Prize is judged by Michelle Herman.


Michelle Herman is the author of the novels Missing, Dog, and the forthcoming Devotion (2016); the collection of novellas A New and Glorious Life; and three essay collections—The Middle of Everything, Stories We Tell Ourselves, and Like A Song. She is a Professor of English at The Ohio State University, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing. Her website is

Read a conversation with Michelle Herman on the Non/Fiction Collection Prize here.


The 2015 winner of the Non/Fiction Collection Prize is Julie Hensley.

Author Photo - Julie HensleyHer collection, Landfall: A Ring of Stories, will be published by The Ohio State University Press in Fall 2016.

Julie Hensley’s stories and poems have appeared in many journals, including Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Phoebe, Quarterly West, Redivider, and Ruminate. Her work is regularly anthologized and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first manuscript was selected as the winner of the 2007 Everett Southwest Literature Award. The recipient of the Berry College Award for Emerging Voices in Southern Fiction, Hensley holds an MFA from Arizona State University. Before joining the faculty at Eastern Kentucky, she directed the creative writing program at Cameron University and served as the visiting writer at Prescott College.